Passions of Paradise

Starting from: $AU195.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Michaelmas sand cay & Paradise reef
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for couples & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 80
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Michaelmas Cay & Paradise Reef
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Tour duration: 08:30am – 5:00pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 1hr & 45min
  • Time exploring the reef: 4hrs 30min
  • Vessel type and size: Motor Catamaran with sailing on the way back / 25 meters
  • Free guided snorkel tour


Passions of Paradise

Passions of Paradise is a fast 25 metre air-conditioned catamaran, locally owned and operated with more than 25 years experience in running personalised tours to the Great Barrier Reef. Their commitment to research, education and conservation of the World Heritage area has earned them many environmental awards.

The reef adventure begins with a Marine Naturalist providing visitors with extensive information about the Great Barrier Reef. The day continues with visitors getting into the water and exploring the two pristine locations chosen daily by Passions of Paradise. They keep the numbers of passengers to 80 people, this way avoiding the crowds and making it more comfortable for guests to snorkel or dive.

Their first destination, Michaelmas Cay, is the largest uninhabited coral cay in the Cairns region. The cay has a permanent low grassy area (size of 2 football fields) and is home to up to 35 different species of sea birds.

Michaelmas Cay is one of the best destinations to try snorkelling because the large cay protects the waters around it and the sloping beach provides visitors with an easy and gentle entry into the calm water. Ideal for kids or first time snorkellers.

In the afternoon Passions of Paradise goes on a short cruise and takes passengers to Paradise Reef which is located on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

The day includes snorkelling equipment, a hot and cold buffet lunch freshly prepared by the onboard chef, guided snorkelling tour by a friendly trained staff and Marine Biologist presentation.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who never dived before)
  • Certified diving (qualified divers)
  • Guided glass bottom boat tour (coral viewing boat with a Marine Naturalist)

What's included in the main price

  • A stylish fast and modern catamaran
  • Air conditioned saloon
  • Free tuition for those who want to learn to snorkel
  • Tropical buffet lunch of hot and cold dishes (with prawns and fresh tropical fruit)
  • Highest quality masks, snorkels, fins and scuba diving equipment
  • Free flotation vests to aid non swimmers
  • Free guided snorkel tour
  • Morning tea (fresh brewed coffee and muffins)
  • Afternoon tea (cheese platter)
  • Marine Naturalist presentation on coral and bird life
  • Sailing on the way home to Cairns (weather dependent)
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Wetsuits and sun suits ($8.00 each to purchase on the day)
  • Underwater digital camera hire ($49.00 each to purchase on the day)
  • Prescription masks

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
07:30-08:20 Check-in at the Passions of Paradise desk inside the Reef Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
08:30 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 1 hour & 45 minutes direct from Cairns to the reef
10:15 Boat arrives at Michaelmas cay
Enjoy around 4 hours & 30 minutes exploring two locations at the outer reef
15:15 Boat departs the reef
17:00 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended 30 minutes prior to the boat departing
  • Diving card and log book for certified divers

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
Flying after diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended.This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2020 - 2021 Rates Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021 Action
Main Tour (Snorkelling) $195.00 per adult
$130.00 per child
$559.00 per family
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021
Return coach transfer (Cairns City) $18.00 per adult / $18.00 per child
Return Coach Transfer (Northern Beaches) $25.00 per adult / $25.00 per child
Introductory dive pre-booked (1st dive) $45.00 per adult / $45.00 per child
Certified dive pre-booked (1st dive) $45.00 per adult / $45.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Family Price: 2 Adults & 2 Children.
Reef Tax: $15.00 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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